Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back to Life As Usual

Back to the mundane, back to working and cleaning and clipping bushes, back to planning quilt projects, back to taking Mama to the beauty shop on Thursday and eating Chic-Fil-A. Almost every part of May was fun and exciting, but it was so busy we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we wanted. Now with school over and graduation and the wedding over and lots of pictures and memories, we can have a good time rehashing things that happened - or failed to happen - conversations, funny things, apologizing for the stressful times, and look forward to the rest of the summer.

My happening in June is to go to the Birmingham Guild Quilt Show with an old friend of Mike's and his wife on the 20th. I feel sure I've never met them, but it should be a fun day, and we're hoping Sherry can join us. Except for a dermatologist appointment on June 30 for a bump on my nose, it looks like I can do pretty much what I want to this month.

On July 6 and 7, step-cousin Teresa is to be in Andalusia, visiting with her husband from Wyoming, and I plan to see them one of those days, along with Debby. And then, when Debby gets back from San Antonio where Tom is waiting to go to Iraq, we're going to the beach. We've been promising ourselves this reward if we get through May and June, so here's hoping it happens. We're going to relax and talk and look at pictures and laugh and take walks and then eat wonderful seafood at night.

In between times, according to what Emily and Ryan decide about their jobs, I hope to get to Mobile and help them clean/pack/whatever they need. They have another appointment with the photographer, so maybe I'll go back to ATL with them and visit Marilyn and Ida Beth with no pressure hanging over my head.

Here are some random pictures:

Emily and Ryan did a double-take when they saw this while they were eating breakfast in downtown Mobile, and she had to go back and take a picture. What they lack in spelling, they make up with flourishes. I know that groper sounds delish to me, but the lobter cream sauce must be unbelievable.

Griffin and Darby and the "ginkgo"tree. When I got these little twigs from the Arbor Day Foundation after a contribution, they were marked dogwood and redbud, etc., and this one said ginkgo, but I don't think it is. I don't know what it is, but it's made quite a recovery from the mowing down by the yard boys. I may can even take down the little fence, and they'll recognize it as a living thing and not mow it down again. Nah, I think I give them too much credit.

Is this a good boy? He does tend to talk back to me when I close a door and don't let him come with me, but he's so smart and so much fun. And very well-behaved at the wedding.

Here are some pictures of Debby's back yard in Luverne - her haven. I would never go inside if I had a yard like this. Who wants to build me a gazebo?

It's time to catch up with Sherry and David and the kitties and their travels. They may be home now, but they've seen some beautiful places and it sounds like a perfect trip. How many cats get to drive along and look at bears and moose - or people for that matter?

I'm wondering what a "meme" is. Like in Sewing Machine Meme. Everyone seems to know because I see it a lot, so I'm going to pretend I know what it is until I have time to Google it. I came across this entry in Sew Mama Sew's blog.

I just bought an embroidery machine and a serger in the past year or so, so I'm certainly not in the market for a new machine BUT if I happened to have $1000 drop into my lap or $3000 or even $5000, I would immediately upgrade my regular sewing machine, and it's nice to hear people's opinions on the different brands. I notice that in the comments section, over 200 people have given their likes and dislikes, and this will be nice to save and read if I need it. Either that or it will make me go kick my old machine that has a suspicious burp that even the Viking repairman can't solve.

Mike and I talked briefly about retirement the other night, like it's going to happen or something, but you can dream. I told him my only requirements were rain, a nice yard and a huge sewing room. Kitchen is optional. Maybe a bedroom and a place for him to get away from the sound of machines and cursing. That doesn't sound too hard, does it? In fact, Sherry already has that, and I don't hate her too much for it. It sure won't be West Texas. I can't take waiting for the 2 storms a year they have and dealing with all that wind and tumbleweeds.

Like I said, it's good to be home and boring again.


  1. if those leaves are sort of heart-shaped, it may well be an Eastern Redbud. (Perhaps gingko leaves are also shaped like that; I don't know). Alan

  2. Some sort of redbud makes more sense. A gingko's leaves are not rounded, more fan-shaped. These are more heart-shaped. I'll take a better picture tomorrow. It'll be a surprise if people let it live.